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Pleasanton mother pushing infant son in stroller attacked on West Positas Boulevard

Original post made on May 16, 2013

A mother pushing her infant son in a stroller near the bus stop on the south side of West Las Positas Boulevard west of Santa Rita Road was attacked by two men about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday who grabbed her purse and tried also to seize her child.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 16, 2013, 6:40 AM

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Posted by There goes the neighborhood!
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on May 16, 2013 at 7:10 am

Here they come and it's only going to get worse with all the low income housing coming!


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Posted by ??
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2013 at 7:48 am

Something about this story doesn't make any sense.


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Posted by William Tell
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2013 at 8:34 am

Almost all of the recent crimes (holdup robberies of Taco Bell, NY Pizza) and crimes against people are by black males. There's the old stereotype of "racist" white people crossing the street to avoid walking by a black male - or leaving a business if they see any black males there - it just seems like good advice for Pleasanton.

I hope they charge these thugs for attempted manslaughter - tipping over a stroller could seriously harm or kill an infant. If I were a woman in the position of having to walk alone in Pleasanton - I would carry a pistol illegally since Alameda County Sheriff won't allow law-abiding folks to defend themselves with concealed carry.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 16, 2013 at 8:34 am

?? wrote "Something about this story doesn't make any sense."

Like the fact that this all happened in (1) broad daylight next to (2) a busy intersection and the suspects didn't just want money but wanted to (3) kidnap an infant??? And then (4) they tried to make a quick getaway by running while pushing a stroller with an infant in it?

If this is all true they must be two of the most incompetent robbers/kidnappers in Pleasanton history and there must be a lot of witnesses to the incident among drivers traveling along West Las Positas and/or Santa Rita. I know that I would take notice if I were driving along Santa Rita and saw two black men frantically running alongside it while pushing a baby stroller. Shouldn't take the Pleasanton police too long to find out what went on here.


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Posted by member
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 16, 2013 at 8:41 am

I agree that something does not sound right about this story. Is it a purse snatching or a kidnapping? But both? I don't think so. However we are in for a change in Pleasanton. I have lived here for 25 years and the town is changing to the worse with BART that has more people coming into the town than going out, figure that out and the low income housing our "don't have to lock your doors at night town" will soon be a "you had better put bars up on your windows town" Won't be long before you will be reading about a homeowner shooting a armed robber or vice "a" versa.


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Posted by crackheads
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2013 at 8:50 am

This behavior could be explained by the effects of drugs on an already compromised brain. Who ever said criminals were smart anyway? They need money for drugs, are panicked and paranoid, and are not man enough to choose a victim who might fight back.


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on May 16, 2013 at 9:01 am

To those commenters on this thread and others who correlate BART's presence with a perceived increase in crime, how do you explain crime statistics not rising in upscale communities Orinda, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek? The quality of life in those communities has not decreased, in fact, due to easy access to alternative transportation, I would venture to guess, QOL has increased since traffic impact is less than without BART.

I shake my head when I hear commenters opining that the criminal element would spend $10-15 to ride BART to Pleasanton, then walk to nearby neighborhoods and businesses to commit crimes. Frankly it would be easier to drive, access and escape would be much faster and there is no video record of the perp riding the train.


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Posted by Rose
a resident of Parkside
on May 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

Re Sam's post - I think this happened behind that tall wall that encloses the townhome dev across from the hospital. I just read in the Times the other day, in the article on robbery rates in Oakland, that prime targets are Latina women pushing strollers. I don't know that this woman was Latina - but isn't it incredible that vulnerable women with their babies have become the target of these cowards? I guess attacking women is easier and more self-esteem building than a job at landscaping, Walmart, Taco Bell or whatever.

It is very hard not to profile folks these days, and it isn't only the males.

We need more police officers! Time for a small parcel tax to benefit us all?


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Posted by crackheads
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2013 at 9:28 am

Rose, rather than spending everyone else's money on another tax, use that money to purchase a self defense device (gun, mace, pepper spray) Heck, for these simians, maybe a job application might be a deterrent.
Although more cops might be welcome, it still won't provide the same response time as you drawing down on this perps and executing swift justice.


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Posted by Mickey
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

Just the fact that the story starts with two black males being in Pleasanton is enough to cast suspicion on the entire story.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 16, 2013 at 10:12 am

Rose wrote: "I just read in the Times the other day, in the article on robbery rates in Oakland, that prime targets are Latina women pushing strollers. I don't know that this woman was Latina - but isn't it incredible that vulnerable women with their babies have become the target of these cowards?"

Yes, Rose, I'm not too surprised that women pushing strollers might be the target of robbers. But I don't think that even in the toughest, roughest parts of Oakland that the robbers are also running away from the scene of the crime in broad daylight pushing baby strollers in a baby kidnapping attempt as well. This whole incident is just strange.


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Posted by d
a resident of Valencia
on May 16, 2013 at 10:35 am

I'm amazed at all the race st comments. I thought Pleasanton was supposed to be a town full of educated nice people? Oh well, right wing Nita will always exist


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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 16, 2013 at 11:44 am

More cops are needed or they need to bring more out of cubicles and place them on patrol. Our town now has more people, more modes of transport and ways in and out of town. This, along with what I believe, is an acute drug problem in the community, causes problems. I hope the Council will take a look at the public safety issues now facing Pleasanton. I for one can do without fancy community ammenities for awhile in order to maintain the peace, tranquility and infarastructure of our town. Public Safety is paramount to a community and all what is now occurring needs to be controlled better.


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Posted by pleasanton resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

This sounds like a fake story and I'm sure the police are doing their best to determine the truth. A potential child kidnapping would be receiving widespread news and there's no mention of it beyond a very local level.


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Posted by Volunteer My P.O.
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on May 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm

To increase the number of officers pursuing criminals of this sort, I would like to volunteer the time spent by the officer who regularly cruises our neighborhood. While it is nice to wave to him as he drives by, the likelyhood of him being present at the instant when a crime is taking place is quite small. Take him out of the cruiser and put him on a bicycle in areas of Pleasanton that have crime problems.


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Posted by Pweekly reader
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 10, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Pweekly reader is a registered user.

Thanks BART. BTW, ain't "diversity" great?


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